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Monday, 9 May 2016

FO: Mirabel Shawl

I actually finished another FO! I'm whipping through my WIPs! I mentioned it in my last post and I actually finished it on the 21st April, but as usual, life has gotten in the way and I  haven't had a chance to post it. I have marked it on my ravelry project page and shown pictures on Instagram (knit.purl.relax) so if you follow me there you'll have seen it. Here it is:

 Pattern: Mirabel by Delusional Knitter Designs

Yarn: DROPS Baby Merino in white, light grey & dark purple

Needles: 4mm Knitpro circulars

I had originally knitted along with the KAL that Angela from Delusional Knitter Designs ran when she released the pattern, but I couldn't get it finished in time. In fact, I have a bit of an issue when knitting shawls in a crescent shape in that it gets towards the end where the rows are really long and I lose my motivation. It's silly really when you're so close to the end but I got there eventually and the end result is just beautiful. I enjoyed the new-to-me elements in this shawl, namely the short rows, lace pattern and picot bind off. In fact, I loved the picot bind off - so easy and yet so effective! I will definitely use that again! Angela also is hosting the EPIC KAL and I was able to enter the shawl there as an EPIC Technique.

The pattern was clear and in sections, which works well as a motivator as you always want to knit to the next section to see what it will look like. There was also a clear stitch count at the end of each section which made it easy to follow your progress. I would say that if you have not done lace before you should try this one as it's really easy to follow. I did make an error in the second lace section but was able to tink back and correct it.

In terms of the yarn, I used DROPS Baby Merino which is inexpensive and I only used 1 ball of the light grey and the dark purple and only just went into 2 balls on the white. Sold as a 4ply, the yarn is actually quite plump so I adjusted my needle size accordingly. I'm pleased with the drape on the finished shawl. It's large when finished & blocked and can be worn either round the neck or around the shoulders. I've worn mine a few times already. I'm really pleased with it.

Since then I've been working on the Antler cardigan for my niece. I'm nearly finished that so will post details shortly.